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Letter from the Secretary

SD Department of Education
Feb. 2017  
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School counseling program model updated, webinar scheduled

The South Dakota Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model was recently updated and is available on the Department of Education website.

The model seeks to help school districts do the following:

  • Develop a vision of what students should know and be able to do as a result of participating in a standards-based counseling program.
  • Use results of data and program analysis to develop and implement activities, strategies and services.
  • Demonstrate the impact of school counseling programs on student achievement and success.

Elizabeth Rus, school counselor at Fred Assam Elementary School in the Brandon Valley School District, helped with the program model updates. Fred Assam Elementary is the first school in South Dakota to achieve a Recognized ASCA (American School Counselor Association) Model Program.

“When counselors use the South Dakota Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model, they increase their ability to reach all students in their schools by utilizing data to drive their program and measure its effectiveness,” says Rus. “The model is preventative in nature, targeting more students before problems arise, and is a shift from a service provided, to a program that serves all students. School counselors can share program results with parents, staff and community members to inform them about what counselors are doing and what they are able to do to help all students be successful.”

The Department of Education will offer a webinar on South Dakota’s updated Comprehensive School Counseling Program Model on Friday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. CST. Registration is still open. The webinar will also be archived on the department’s website.


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